Understanding Plea Bargaining

In many instances, a person accused of a crime will be faced with several charges and on multiple counts in order to maximize the chances of a conviction. Prosecutors understand that the accused will not be found guilty on all charges, but are intending to negotiate the charges down to something that the accused will plead guilty to. Being charged with multiple crimes is frightening for a person, but if the accused can successfully bargain for a plea deal, they can have a significantly reduced sentence. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to helping people reduce their sentences for their criminal charges.

Benefits of Plea Bargaining

While every person accused of a crime has the legal right to have their case heard before a jury of their peers, the U.S. court system is often backed up and it may take several months before a case can be tried. This lengthy wait adds many unnecessary costs and uncertainty to a criminal proceeding that can be eliminated with plea bargaining. Plea bargaining is a common and effective way for both the prosecution and the defense to reach an agreement that satisfies all parties. Some of the other benefits of plea bargaining include:

  • Reduce legal costs associated with going to court
  • Eliminate uncertainty of going to trial
  • Reduce workload of courts
  • Save significant time for both parties

These are only a few of the many benefits of plea bargaining. Of course, if you are innocent in your case, accepting a plea deal may not be the optimal solution.

Contact a Dallas Criminal Attorney

If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime, know that with the correct legal representation you may not have to face the full criminal punishment of your charge. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our attorneys have been successful in defending the rights of Dallas citizens for decades. We will use our extensive legal experience to fight for a dismissal or a reduced sentence for your charge. Contact our office today at (214) 845-7007 to learn more about your legal options.